Abidjan video game festival opens today, as Africa eyes $100bn global revenue share

The Electronic and Video Game Festival of Abidjan (FEJA) will commence from November 11 to 12 at Palais de la Culture, the event organisers said in a statement on Monday.

Organised by Paradise Game, this unique festival will welcome more than 50 thousand video game lovers that form the bedrock of an industry that is worth $100 billion globally, with 27 percent of the revenues coming from mobile games.

“Africa only represents a fraction of that revenue share but has a huge potential with more than 400 million Africans who play on their mobile,” said the statement from Paradise Game.

Paradise Game is a brand of the Ivorian company SIAM Technologies, and its ambition is to transform the entertainment industry in Africa using technology. 

The company organises eSport events and is preparing to launch a video game website as well as a mobile application dedicated to video games. 

Its 2017 event will feature eSports tournaments, and the qualifications will start on September 23 at Playce Marcory in Abidjan, leading to the selection of 256 gamers coming from various African countries, who will compete during the FEJA.

More than €10 thousand will be given in cash prizes to the winners.

Sidick Bakayoko, managing director of Paradise Game, the event producer said “we wanted to gather in one place all the players of this untapped industry in Africa. From the developer to the end user, including the manufacturers and distributors, FEJA is a true platform for exchange, allowing people to share their passion and promote video-gaming in Africa.”

The gaming industry consequently offers a significant number of career opportunities to young Africans including scriptwriter, game designers, programmers, pro-gamers, etc.

This large-scale event is made possible by support from Orange Côte d’Ivoire, official partner of the FEJA.

With over 5000 squared meters dedicated to gaming, including game console, PC, virtual reality, etc, and to technological innovation, the venue is planned to be transformed into a digital paradise.

Orange is the leading telecom operator in Côte d’Ivoire, with over 13 million subscribers.

Present in 29 countries, the Orange group has over 250 million customers worldwide. 

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